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2008 Ski Flex Graph

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post #2 of 12
hmmm, kind of interesting but not sure how useful the data is. The flex graph really doesn't do anything for torsional rigidity which is as big a factor as lateral flex
post #3 of 12
Cool, but totaly useless.
post #4 of 12
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Originally Posted by kosackthrower View Post
Cool, but totaly useless.
To you maybe. Longitudinal flex actually does matter... alot.
post #5 of 12
I like it -- good way to compare all the skis against a characteristic that we can relate to. Torsional characteristics would be nice to see as well.
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My gears are turning...
post #7 of 12
There was big discussion about this work on TGR. I find it to be a great resource despite the fact that it's limited to longitudinal flex. I can definitely see its value when trying to narrow down targets to demo and far more comprehensive than the relative flexes info provided in the 'Recommended Skis and Bindings" sticky over there.
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Check out the size of the sweet spot on the gun
post #9 of 12
I question if there were changed made in the process of taking the measurements from the 2007 graph to the 2008 graph.

Skis that I know did not change in flex or construction have a different profile in 2008 from 2007. Skis that had a nice smooth line on the graph in 2007 have odd bumps for 2008. Nothing changed with these skis anywhere in manufacturing or materials, but now they appear different when put thru Endre's SFI measurements.

It is a great tool.

Anyone who does not think that longitudinal flex does not matter needs to step off the icy groomer and ski more variable snow.
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Originally Posted by skierhj View Post
hmmm, kind of interesting but not sure how useful the data is. The flex graph really doesn't do anything for torsional rigidity which is as big a factor as lateral flex
If the snow is deep enough, longitudinal flex is what matters most.
post #11 of 12
flex matters but it doesn't tell you much about the ski, how it will handle in different conditions, etc. way more to ski research than this chart
post #12 of 12
You can infer a great deal about the skis in this chart (freeride skis only) based on longitudal flex. Sure torsional rigidity, lay-up, effective edge, sidecut/radius, taper etc. are important, but this gives you a rough idea what the ski might be like, and I find it pretty accurate comparing some skis I own to those I have played with (4FRNT EHP193, Armada ANT 191, Dynastar LP and XXL, Salomon Gun etc). The 4FRNT and Armada that I own feel fairly similar in flex profile other than extreme tip/tail, which the graph reflects nicely.
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